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do you think of this program? [applause] it is about time. i want to thank francis and fong. i think this is the very first statewide heritage month held with the mayor of san francisco. let me say something about heritage month in san francisco and your mayor. in the old days, you remember san francisco was known for passing all of these anti- chinese ordinances to limit the movement, the productivity of chinese in the city. we know two things. change happens. maybe the state of california is the state of golden opportunities, where we have a chinese-american mayor of san francisco. 35 years ago, congress members passed similar resolutions in both house and the senate to formally recognize the first 10 days of may as asian-pacific heritage week. one year later, president jimmy carter signed into law a joint resolution to officially designate the annual celebration. 11 years later, president george bush extended the weeklong celebration to an entire month. you know and i know that our mothers say that every day is asian pacific american day.
together. >> reporter: the fong family spent the holidays with their two biological children nathan and cameron. and their adopted daughter eliana. they shot video when they brought her home from siberia two years ago and they were hoping for another addition to their family from russia in the coming year. >> and this is the crib set up for our son. >> reporter: the fong family is one of hundreds caught in an international political showdown. president vladimir putin was defiant today saying that he plans to sign the ban on adoptions to the u.s. the country's legislative branch had just passed the bill unanimously. this was russia's response to president obama's anticorruption law. it denies russian officials from getting u.s. visas if they were associated with human rights violations. >> it's very tragic that these children are potentially going to fall victim to really just senseless politics. >> reporter: lauren koch with the national council for adoptions says with 700,000 russian orphans, the children are the ones caught in the political web. >> most of them have been matched w
tuesday, the fong family celebrated christmas with hopes of adding a new member in the new year. >> our children are very much so excited to having a baby brother. like i said, we set up his room together. >> reporter: courtney fong and his wife natasha have two biological children, nathan and cameron. in 2010 they adopted eliana from siberia and made this video about their journey to bring her home. now they want to adopt again. >> this is the crib that we have set up for our son. >> reporter: but russia is on the verge of banning all american adoptions. the measure is widely seen as retaliation for a new u.s. law that punishes russians accused of violating human rights. last week president vladimir putin expressed support for the ban, but was cagey when pressed if he would sign it into law. >> we see this as another situation where vulnerable children could be impacted by human rights issues between these two countries. >> reporter: laurie goldheim of the american academy of adoption attorneys says the law will affect families like the fongs, as well as thousands
think of this program? [applause] it is about time. i want to thank francis and fong. i think this is the very first statewide heritage month held with the mayor of san francisco. let me say something about heritage month in san francisco and your mayor. in the old days, you remember san francisco was known for passing all of these anti- chinese ordinances to limit the movement, the productivity of chinese in the city. we know two things. change happens.
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